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Brentwood Physician Elected Intern/Resident Member of the American Osteopathic Association's Board of Trustees

July 24, 2014

(CHICAGO) — Jennie H. Kwon, DO, of Brentwood, Missouri, was elected Intern/Resident Member of the Board of Trustees for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the national professional membership organization for the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students. She was elected during the AOA’s Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Chicago.

“I am honored to represent my osteopathic colleagues in post-graduate training programs during this pivotal time in our profession,” says Dr. Kwon. “I am driven by a sense of urgency to improve the future of health care and to maximize the opportunities available in osteopathic medical education.”

As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% over the past 25 years. With more than 50% of DOs in active practice specializing in one of the primary care areas of medicine, the osteopathic medical profession also has a strong tradition of serving in rural and medically underserved areas.

Professional Background and Education

Dr. Kwon is currently training in an infectious diseases fellowship at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

After receiving her bachelor’s degrees in English literature and rhetoric, and molecular and cellular biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Kwon earned her osteopathic medical degree from the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, Illinois. Dr. Kwon then completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago (NorthShore University HealthSystem) in Evanston, Illinois. She served as chief resident from 2012-2013.

In addition to her involvement with the AOA, Dr. Kwon has served on numerous committees during her residency, including the Educational Quality Assurance Committee and the Residency Program Evaluation Committee. As a fellow at Washington University, she currently serves on the Fellowship Program Evaluation Committee.

Honors and Awards

During her residency at the University of Chicago (NorthShore), Dr. Kwon was named Intern of the Year in 2010 and Internal Medicine Resident of the Year in 2012. She also received a Nursing Housestaff Communication award and the Medical Student Teaching Excellence award in 2012. Dr. Kwon has presented scientific research at local and national meetings and received the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Jonathan Freeman scholarship in 2014.

What is a DO?

DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% during the past 25 years.

About the House of Delegates

The AOA’s House of Delegates, comprised of more than 500 delegates representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and elect new officers.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at


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